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Posts for 'Race & Social Justice'

Targeted Hiring Forum at City Hall

May 20th, 2013

For many families, the difference between a dead-end job and a living-wage career is a construction job.


Somber Recognition of First Anniversary of the Launch of Family Housing Connection

April 25th, 2013

Tonight in King County, children in 215 families will sleep in a car, in a greenbelt, on the streets, in an encampment, or in abandoned building. These children will wait months for their families to be placed in shelter or a hotel. This is unacceptable for a region of our resources.


Affordable Housing in South Lake Union – Part 2

March 29th, 2013

After you read this Urban Politics, consider sending a message to the Councilmembers asking them to dramatically increase the City’s plans for providing for more affordable housing in South Lake Union.


Update on City/DOJ Settlement: Community Police Commission, Monitoring Plan

March 8th, 2013

Next week the City Council will hold two meetings touching on the Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to reform policing in Seattle. On Monday, March 11, the Council will host Merrick Bobb, the Court-appointed independent monitor, at the 9 a.m. Council Briefings meeting. A federal judge is scheduled to hear the […]


Operation Sack Lunch Celebration

February 27th, 2013

Today, I attended a celebration of Operation Sack Lunch (OSL) and their work in the community, providing 1,200 hot meals each day to shelters, transitional housing programs, youth day programs, community kitchens, Nickelsville, Real Change vendors, Seattle Municipal Court, and the City of Seattle sanctioned Outdoor Meal Site at 6th and Columbia.  The current Outdoor […]


NEW Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) 2013 waitlist lottery

February 6th, 2013

Seattle doesn’t have enough low income housing. I’m glad that SHA is giving those in greatest need this opportunity for safe, decent and affordable housing.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Seattle

January 14th, 2013

“The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Urban Politics #329: Socially Responsible Banking in Seattle

December 7th, 2012

For the first time, Seattle is incorporating principles of social responsibility into its banking practices. This follows from Council Resolution 31337 that I sponsored, in response to Occupy movement. Resolution 31337 included a commitment to review the City’s banking practices, “to ensure that public funds are invested in responsible financial institutions that support our community.” […]


Council Creates a Human Services Budget Package

November 14th, 2012

I’m pleased that the Council created a human services package to enhance care for our community’s most vulnerable members.


Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center

November 13th, 2012

I recently wrote about funding arts-related capital facility projects through the City’s arts office. Today, I’m writing about another arts-related budget issue: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, or LHPAC. When the Mayor proposed transferring the operations of LHPAC from the parks department to the arts office, some expressed concern it might stray from its long-time […]